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This Week in Microbiology

As a science Professor at Columbia University, Racaniello has spent his academic career directing a research laboratory focused on viruses. His enthusiasm for teaching inspired him to reach beyond the classroom using new media. TWiM is for everyone who wants to learn about the science of microbiology in a casual way.

While there are no exams or pop quizzes, TWiM does encourage interaction with the audience via comments on specific episodes (below), vial email and voicemail at 908-312-0760. Listeners can also use MicrobeWorld to suggest topics for the show by submitting articles or papers to the site and tagging them with "TWiM". Each week Racaniello will view the tagged content and select items for discussion.

TWiM co-hosts include Elio SchaechterMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson.

Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:27

Viral arbitrium - TWiM 146

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Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:06

TWiM Special: Q fever with Robert Heinzen

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At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Robert Heinzen about the work of his laboratory on Q fever and its causative microbe, Coxiella burneti.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 18:48

Anything but academic - TWiM 145

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Live from the BioThreats 2017 conference, Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal to talk about careers for scientists beyond academia.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:59

Did eukaryotes invent anything? - TWiM 144

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How changes in domestic laundering affect the removal of microorganisms, and assembly of a nucleus-like structure during viral replication in bacteria.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:22

E-scaffolds and receptor transfer - TWiM 143

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Using an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 13:01

A membrane-thickness caliper - TWiM 142

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A story about the lack of resistance to a crop antifungal compound, and how a bacterium uses a molecular caliper to measure membrane thickness.

Jennifer Bomberger talks about how a respiratory virus enhances bacterial growth by dysregulating nutritional immunity.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:21

Small town, big science - TWiM 140

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At the Hamilton, Montana Performing Arts Center, Vincent speaks with three local high school graduates and two high school teachers about how Rocky Mountain Laboratories influenced school science programs and opened up career opportunities.

Friday, 18 November 2016 15:31

Frackibacter and sticky fingers - TWiM 139

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Microbial DNA found on ATM machines in New York City, and how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, alters microbial ecosystems deep in the Earth.

The TWiM team brings you a bacterium from a Colorado field site that grows on uranium, and copper resistance in the emerging pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii.

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